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15 October 2018

11th/12th May 2019 - BDS AGM - SAVE THAT DATE!

Next year’s AGM weekend will be over 11th/12th May 2019 and is being generously arranged and hosted by East Anglia Branch. Currently in the early planning stages, it will be based around Bury St Edmunds with visits anticipated to Euston estate and the ranges along with a barbeque, dinner, research updates and of course the AGM meeting itself. Further updates will appear in Deerbytes, Facebook and here on the BDS website once firmed up, with the full application form within the January edition of Deer.

15 October 2018

Fundraising for BDS at the London Dinner

BDS will be holding its annual London Dinner, again generously sponsored by Knight Frank, in late November. You might not be there on the night, but you will still be able to take part by helping us raise funds for BDS research and education projects. We will have an online auction with sporting goods and lots starting a couple of weeks in advance and ending on the night itself. In addition there will be a brief live auction at the event with a handful of spectacular lots including driven grouse and accommodation in The Highlands, boar hunting in Germany, salmon fishing and an exceptional specially commissioned hand-built Emberleaf knife with a handle crafted from 40,000 year old woolly mammoth ivory and a patterned blade of the finest Damascus steel. 

14 October 2018

Notes to Approved Witnesses

All DSC2 Approved Witnesses should have recently received an email update from DMQ which also included a GDPR Compliance Commitment form that must be returned. Please see the DMQ website for more details regarding this.

Please contact DMQ directly with any other queries:, 01244 573025

14 October 2018

Now in stock our latest Christmas Card and 2019 Calendar!

Christmas Card - Fantastic value from this year’s top quality Christmas Card featuring award-winning artist Justin Prigmore’s powerful and inspirational oil painting of red stags in the winter snow. Packs of 10 with envelopes at £5.95 including P&P

2019 Calendar - Stunning seasonal images of deer throughout the UK taken by some of our regular photographers feature in the A3 Wall Calendar. Practical, large month to view format, with space for important daily appointments. Seasonal diary dates included. Spiral bound. 420 x 297mm. Perfect for presents, our exclusive BDS calendars are  £11.95 each including p&p.


26 September 2018

'Wild Deer and their Management In Britain: Burden or Benefit?' Lecture by BDS Chairman, Rory Putman - 12th October 2018, Newcastle

BDS Chairman, Rory Putman, will be giving a lecture on 'Wild Deer and their Management In Britain: Burden or Benefit?' to the Natural History Society of Northumbria on 12th October at 7.00 pm.

The lecture is open to everyone, so BDS members are warmly welcomed but they are asked to make a donation (£3 minimum suggested). The event will be held in Lecture theatre 1.65 in the Ridley Building 2 within the Newcastle University campus [just off Claremont Road]. Seats are allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis. There is a car park just outside the lecture theatre but if that is full then there is a municipal car park on the other side of the road.

13 September 2018

BDS vacancy - Digital Marketing Professional

We are looking for an experienced Digital Marketing Professional to be responsible for launching a new digital platform for all areas of outreach and to develop, implement, track and optimize our marketing campaigns across all digital channels. This is a management role within a dedicated team, reporting to the General Manager. You should have a passion for the welfare of deer and their natural habitat

You will have a strong grasp of current communications and media, marketing tools and strategies and be able to lead integrated digital marketing campaigns from concept to execution. The successful candidate will work with the General Manager and team to support the BDS and affiliate businesses to launch campaigns on time and on budget.

Position: Full time
Salary: Competitive

Closing date for applications is 5th October.  Interviews will be held on 24th October in either Swindon or Oxford (venue TBA).

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28 August 2018

Female gamekeeper in the north aims to inspire future generations

Megan Rowland, from Dornoch, is well on her way to a successful career as a land and deer manager in the north after becoming one of only three female approved witnesses for deer management qualifications in the UK, allowing her to mentor deer management trainees.

She said: “As part of my work as an ambassador for the British Deer Society and as a Lantra Scotland Industry Champion, I try to actively promote our industry to all young people, male and female. There’s nothing about this career that women can’t do. I also think it’s a good thing for the industry having a diverse range of people working in it, as we all bring different skills and perspectives". The Press and Journal 21.8.18

20 August 2018


Ten BDS DSC1 Courses are listed and available before Christmas plus a Deer Management Course for Northants and another next March in Hampshire.

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